Originally posted on The Hair of the Dog Sports Blog  |  Last updated 4/18/12

Minnesota Vikings defensive end/crazy person, Jared Allen, says he was shocked by the Gregg Williams audio clip that was released a few weeks ago. You know, the one where Williams, then defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints, talked to his players about “killing the ******* head,” taking out knees and giving concussions to players, by name. Here’s the clip (NSFW):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhnn9kbqQUA

And here’s what Allen had to say about it on KTAR in Phoenix yesterday:

I was a little shocked. … Don’t get me wrong, you get some coaches that are rah-rah guys. Other coaches are just like, ‘Ya know, go out and do what you’re supposed to do.’ So for us, we know Gregg. … We watch some film and put ourselves in situations — we don’t really get a rah-rah speech. But to hear someone call a player out by name — I can remember coaches getting fired up … and that’s one thing– but, yeah, to say, ‘We’re going to target this dude’s head or take out his knee, his ankle’s busted up’ — yeah, that’s a bit aggressive in my book. I guess my beef with the whole thing is, when someone takes somebody else’s career into their own hands, you’re ultimately taking food away from that guy’s family if it’s a career-ending injury. And to have that kind of God complex that where you think you can control taking a dude’s knee out and be cool with it? For me, that’s a bigger issue than just saying we need to go out and hit somebody and you can get (a reward) for a good play or something like that. That’s one thing, but to promote injury, that’s a different story.

Love how he brings up the “God complex” that Williams seems to have. Not the first time I’ve heard that phrase used to describe him, and it’s probably the reason he continued to run this “bounty” program after being warned to stop a number of times.

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